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Monday July 08, 2002
08:49 AM

MJD's advice

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I'm hoping to give a talk at this year's Ruby Conference so I thought I would read MJD's "Conference Presentation Judo". However, it appears to either be down or suffering from the slashdot effect. I've been able to read the "additional notes" page, so I have an idea of what he's talking about.

Having taught at FSU (as a grad student) I already knew some of the lessons that he has learned, but I wanted to get a feeling for anything "conference specific", since it's not quite the same environment.

For example, are conference attendees more or less likely to challenge you in the middle of a presentation? How much time should I give for questions or should I just handle them as they come? Is it ok to sleep with the cute female students when class is over?

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  • Are conference attendees more or less likely to challenge you in the middle of a presentation?

    Yes, but not necessarily in a bad way. Try to catch mjd's notes on the "second guy". I have less experience than he does, but that guy is indeed something of a constant.

    How much time should I give for questions or should I just handle them as they come?

    "Yes"  ;-) I don't have numbers I tend to try to leave "enough time for people to ask questions, without giving them the impression that I'

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    -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]